Spin Doctor Tech Tip – Replacing Mountain Bike Grips

At some point you are going to have fix those slipping, floating, sliding grips on your mountain bike (or hybrid or cruiser or comfort bike). Here are a few tips:

Use Alcohol- And no it’s not just for post-ride relaxing and story telling.
Equipment needed: Thin screw driver, flexible bottle of rubbing alcohol & super hold hair spray

Removing Grips
To remove your old grips, slip the screw driver under the inside edge of the grip. If you plan to use the grips again, do not pry up the grips- they’ll stretch and never be tight again. In the small gap opened by the screw driver, spray a stream of rubbing alcohol. You can make a handy sprayer by piercing the cap of the flexible plastic alcohol bottle. Now work the grip around. Still stuck? Try the screw driver and alcohol on the other side. The grips should slip right off. If not, more alcohol and no we are talking about Fat Tire Ale.

Installing Grips
Before replacing the old grips or installing the new ones, make sure the bars and the interior of the grips are clean and dry. The alcohol will clean grease from both. If you intend to use new bolt-on grips, slide them on, bolt them down and you’re finished. If you are using traditional grips, spray both the interior of the grips and the bars with the super hold hair spray. Let them dry over night and you’re back on the trail or greenway, or sidewalk or city street.

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